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Northwestern FFA reviews fair results and holds Fall Meeting

Northwestern FFA had a great Wayne County Fair. To see their results click here.

Members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter gathered at the Vaughan residence Saturday, Sept. 22 for the annual Fall Meeting.

The meeting was called to order by President Claire Vaughan at 7 p.m. The officers then performed opening ceremonies and minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Leeanna Ruegg. There were also treasurer’s and reporter’s reports given. Valerie Imhoff moved to accept all officer reports.

Committee reports were given by eight committees. Cole Wharton reported on the Ag in the Classroom committee. During the meeting, the group went over the agenda for the year and the basics of the committee.

Dugan McLaughlin reported on the Safety committee, which met to discuss having speakers come in to talk about various safety measures within agriculture.

Lindsay Boak reported on the Community Service committee. They have held a meeting where they discussed different community service activities such as bell ringing for the Salvation Army, Wayne County Truck and Tractor Pull, Growing Mums in the greenhouse and selling them, donating to an animal shelter, a “Night to Shine” (prom) for special needs community members, and Adopt-A-Highway.

Beth Kanzeg reported on the Earning and Savings committee. They have had one meeting where they talked about the goals for the year and their objectives as a committee.

Jeff Guidetti reported on the Public Relations committee. The committee met and talked about potential ideas within the community, like holiday dinners, and ways to include the elementary school students.

Sasha McConahay reported on the Recreational committee. They have met to discuss the chapter’s activities for the year. Some of the ideas were swimming, volleyball, karaoke, trap shoot, soccer with dogs, archery, paint ball, and laser tag.

Abby Ramseyer reported on the Leadership committee. They have held a meeting and discussed the different leadership opportunities for members including traveling to inner-city Cleveland schools to teach students about agriculture and FFA..

Avery Garver reported on the Skills committee. They have held a meeting and discussed the different contests that the Chapter participates in throughout the year, and how to promote them to the members

Next, members gave reports on different activities the Chapter has been involved in. Brock Tegtmeier reported on the two members who attended Washington Leadership Conference in June. Jordan Melegari reported on two events from this summer, officer retreat and Adopt-A-Highway. Leeanna Ruegg reported on the Twilight Tour. FFA members parked cars at this event. Brock Tegtmeier reported on the Fiber Fest. Austin Beegle reported on Wayne County Fair recycling project. Alex Borton reported on grape picking. This year, members traveled to Jim Borton’s farm to pick grapes, where they collected one and a half tons of grapes. Riley Stull reported on the FFA T-shirt order forms, which were scheduled to come out the week of Sept. 24. Alex Borton reported on the Wayne County Fair, where many Northwestern FFA members had a successful showing. Kaitlyn Praisler reported on the Medina County Fair. Rylee Dawson reported on the Ashland County Fair. Cody Morrow reported on the soil judging teams, who had a successful County competition, and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Brock Tegtmeier moved to participate in the Wayne County Farm Bureau Farm Tour taking place Oct. 13 and 14. Leeanna Ruegg moved to participate in the Public Speaking Career Development Event. Jordan Melegari moved to participate in the Food Science Career Development Event. Lizzy Howman moved to participate in the Job Interview Career Development Event. Haley Wilson moved to participate in the Parliamentary Procedure Contest again this year. Cody Morrow moved to participate in Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army in December. Valerie Imhoff moved to participate in the annual fruit sales fundraiser, with a change to the order form. Riley Stull moved to assist in a community service project at a chicken farm. Austin Beegle moved to increase dues to $20 on Oct. 1 for members who have not paid them yet. Cody Morrow moved to participate in the Ag Sales Career Development Event. The meeting was then adjourned and officers performed closing ceremonies.

After the meeting, members enjoyed refreshments brought in by each class. Freshman brought a main dish, sophomores brought a dessert, juniors brought a side dish, and seniors brought drinks. Then members competed in various games and activities, while enjoying each other’s company.